- This simple microscope fits into and stands on a small wooden box. It has a brass stand, four lenses that can be used singly or severally, a circular stage with forceps, and a focus mechanism, but no sub-stage mirror. There are also ivory sliders, mirror, and scalpel. The “Banks, London Math. Inst. Mkr. to the Prince of Wales” inscription refers to Robert Banks (or Bancks), an instrument maker in business from the 1790s to the early 1830s.
- Ref: R. Bancks, Directions To Use The Improved Pocket Microscope (London, n.d.).
- G. L’E. Turner, The Great Age of the Microscope (Bristol and New York, 1989), p. 81.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- date made
- Banks, Robert
- place made
- United Kingdom: England, London
- Physical Description
- wood (overall material)
- brass (overall material)
- velvet (overall material)
- glass (overall material)
- overall: 4 1/4 in x 3 7/8 in x 2 7/16 in; 10.795 cm x 9.8425 cm x 6.19125 cm
- ID Number
- catalog number
- accession number
- Science & Scientific Instruments
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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